Creating that Dream Garden
When you envision a meadow what is the first thing that comes to mind? As for me many years ago when I thought about a meadow what came to mind was a huge piece of land somewhere out there in the open country with lots of different species of flowering plants and grasses that stretch for miles also rolling hills that go as far as the eyes could see.
This thought or visual picture has such charm and peacefulness that can really excite one’s imagination of a garden of this sort. The good news is we don’t need acres of land to create such a garden wonder but a piece of land that is in an open area that gets lots of sunlight.
The space you may be working with may not be that huge but creating a miniature size meadow is the thing for you. Just think of the endless possibilities of constructing a garden such as this.
The advantages of creating a meadow
There are many reasons why meadows are created but here are a few reasons why I believe creating a meadow is so cool.
- A meadow can be created to beautify an area
- Creates a home for wildlife, Helping to bring balance to the eco-system
- Meadows can increase a properties value
- Can be a getaway that provides peace and serenity
- Meadows can be low maintained which means less labor cost
- A meadow provides opportunities for pollinators such as bees to collect pollen increasing the production of honey which has so many benefits including medical uses.
- Plants have the awesome ability to filter or pull toxins out of the air making the air more fit to breathe for humans and animals.
I believe this list gives more than enough reason to consider creating a meadow.
Constructing your meadow
Proper planning is always the key in order to have success, once you have the acquired space it is all a matter of knowing what you want.
1. Clearing the area of debris is a must however you may want to leave a few stones and pieces of aged logs and other tree parts to give that natural look like it was designed by nature.
2. Weeds should be removed at this time also. Make sure when removing weeds that the entire weed is removed including the roots because if the roots of weeds are allowed to remain then you will have a weed war on your hands. For more on weed and weed control navigate to the category section of this website.
3. Depending on the type of plants that are chosen will determine the soil which is used.
4. A light tilling the of soil will break up, or open the soil for better water absorption and air circulation which will contribute to your plant’s health.
Choosing your plant material
Choice of plant material may include
1. Seed mixture which will contribute to your meadow’s look once they reach maturity are
- Native South-west wildflower seed mix
- Perennial Sunflowers
- Purple Cornflowers
- Pacific Northwest wildflower seeds
- Perennial wildflower seeds
- California wildflower seeds
2. Some ornamental grasses include
- Purple fountain grass
- White fountain grass
- Pampas Grass
- Purple Millet
- Maiden Grass
- Zebra Grass
- Mexcian feather grass
- Shenandoah red switchgrass
When to install a garden meadow?
The ideal time to plant a meadow is in the spring. With the coming of all, that rain after a long winter break will get your seeds and ornamental grasses of to a great start.
How to sow seeds/Ornamental Grasses
Ornamental grasses can be installed in such a way that looks natural, spread the grasses throughout the planting area some grasses may be placed in the back, middle and front for a more natural look. Wildflower seeds for your meadow can be broadcast evenly throughout the planting area around and your grasses. It is a matter of scooping up a handful of your wildflower seeds and distributing them in such a way that as the seeds leave your hands they will be scattered onto the soil’s surface. Move-in one direction first and after you have completed that direction continue in the other direction as you make passes using a crisscrossing method.
The gold here is to cover every inch of space that allows your garden area to be filled and well-balanced. Some persons may prefer to add a thin layer of soil over the seeds to protect them from birds making a meal out of them.
When it comes to watering your meadow garden care should be taken as to how to water it. Strong drops of water will cause seeds to shift and if you have added topsoil to your seeds that strong spray of water will wash the soil away. When watering your seeds the water should flow gently, the use of a hose attachment which can be gauged to control the speed at which the water is distributed is a good tool for this job. Remember the water must be dispensed gently like water coming out of a showerhead.
Maintenance of your garden meadow
What I love about meadows is that they are so easy to maintain. Because of the nature of these gardens weed invasion is kept at an all-time low even though you may have a few popping up here and there the labor of weeding is kept at a minimum by hand pulling.
Raking debris and the removal of dead or dying plant parts is a must. Mow your meadow in late fall at a height of 6 inches. The benefit of mowing is it will make the area more manicured while causing the seed heads to drop allowing the area to be reseeded.
The final word
Creating a garden meadow can bring such delight as you transform that naked or drabbed area into a thing of beauty with ornamental grasses and flowering plants which are so inviting in their array of colors as you lighten up your garden area creating an oasis where both you and your family and maybe some friends can connect with nature in such an awesome way as you watch many of the wildlife in their natural habitat. What a way to relax as you get away to your garden paradise that eases the mind and soothes the soul which says home sweet home. So what are you waiting on let’s get started on our meadow garden because nature is calling you, can you hear it I know I can.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.